There's never a dull moment in Melbourne and this weekend is no exception. From Harry Potter inspired cocktail nights and Craft Beer Bingo to doggie urban adventures and Chinese cultural festivals, there is literally something for everyone. So shed the winter coats and get out and enjoy the spring air! Here are 12 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend:
For something truly different and unique head down to Arts House for an interactive, live art exhibition. Deafblind artists Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens put on an amazing shared experience through live art, theater, and sensory performance. Sounds full on? You bet, but it's sure to be one heck of a ride.
Bombay Sapphire are whipping up a sensory journey with their Project Botanicals. With a $49 ticket you’ll snag a scrumptious mix of spring cocktails and dishes over a 2-hour dining period with backing music provided by Bondi Boys, Yolanda be Cool. If you’re feeling a bit of spring fever then grab your tickets and head down to Taxi riverside this weekend.
Charles Melton Wine Dinner
Feel like sprucing up a bit? If a fine dining experience is on your mind then check out the Charles Melton Wine Dinner at CRU. It is a bit pricey at $159 a ticket, but you’ll be treated to some awesome food/wine pairings that are sure to excite your taste buds.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie
If you’re a fan of British broadcaster Louis Theroux then you’ve no doubt already heard of his new movie coming out. But if you didn’t already know then you are in for a treat because it’s out this week and Cinema Nova screening it starting Friday. It may not be your typical Friday night movie but this flick will get you thinking, plus any excuse to eat popcorn. Grab your tickets here.
Red Hot Go EP Launch
An EP launch with a bit of a twist. To celebrate their debut EP, VanderAa are teaming up with Homie to host an event to help people experience homelessness. Head down to the All Press Studios in Collingwood between 5 and 8pm and every Homie hat you purchase will score you a free download of the band’s EP. Neat way to bring people together with music.
Melbourne’s Comedy Rising Stars
So maybe you’re not feeling up to going out on the town this Saturday. Dancing feet are a bit sore and you’d rather just chuck Netflix on and sit at home. Stop right there. Your night doesn’t have to be super extravagant to be awesome! Head down to The Butterfly Club and watch Melbourne’s Comedy Rising Stars for only $32 ($28 for concessions). Lastyear's show sold out and it’s gearing up to be a stellar night again, so check it out if you’re in the mood for a cocktail and a chuckle.
Dreams really do come true! Every Potterhead has always wondered what the magical drinks in Harry Potter would taste like. Well, we can’t send you to Hogsmede, but we can send you to the Good Things Bar where they’re having a Harry Potter inspired drinks night. Entry is free and you get to keep the free custom-made cup when you buy Butterbeer, Polyjuice Potion or Firewhisky.
Paws Explores Urban Adventure
Picture the Amazing Race but with your dog. Sounds pretty awesome right? Well this Sunday you can do just that. Paws Explores Adventures are hosting and Urban Adventure this Sunday where you’ll be able to take your four-legged pal out and about. Tickets start at $49.50 and you get a doggie goodie bag plus every pooch that finishes gets their very own Doggie Finisher Tag!
The First Gathering
This Sunday A Friendly Gathering will be holding its first food event at The Grub Food Van. If you’re keen to meet other foodies, have a chat and chow down on a low FODMAP, gluten-free three-course meal then this this may be right up your alley. For $79 a ticket you’re treated to a three-course meal with a drink and goodie bag chock full of heaps of products.
You can’t go wrong with a day out at The Queen Vic Market. This Saturday the Mooncake Festival kicks off and will bring the delights of Chinese festival culture to Queen Street. From 9am the festival will feature food stalls, musical and dance performances, a lantern dance, mooncake eating competition and a noodle making demonstration among heaps of other activities.
Katie Marx and Cutler & Co. Sunday Lunch
Feel like getting into the spring swing of things? Enjoy drinks and canapés in the Butterland gardens before heading inside to tuck into a veritable seasonal feast prepared by Andrew McConnell and the Cutler & Co team. Seats are limited so it is recommended that you get in early and book your seats for $220.
Craft Beer, Burgers & Bingo
Stretch your weekend out to Monday night and find some time to head down to the Grosvenor Hotel, it will be worth it I promise you. If you fancy yourself a craft beer buff then grab yourself a ticket to this night of Beer, Burgers & Bingo, where the Grosvenor Hotel has teamed up with three breweries to host rounds of ‘Beer Bingo’. A $50 Ticket will get you three beers and your choice of burger, there’s even prizes to be won.
Image Credit: St Kilda Burger Bar.